Ann Danieli and Mariane Spearman have kept their campaign civil. The two

Ann Danieli and Mariane Spearman have kept their campaign civil. The two are competing for position #53, an open seat on the King County Superior Court bench and thus far, both agree, the mudslinging has been nonexistent.However, just because candidates keep their race civil does not mean their supporters will follow suit – even in a race as obscure as that of superior court judge. On Monday, someone saw fit to send a letter to SW alleging that, “[Danieli] has a reputation for making deals with prosecutors to let them win a case.” The letter goes on: She had a “lesbian relationship” with Michelle Slotemaker, a former lawyer in the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, which allowed Slotemaker to win cases but got her fired. Lastly, Danieli “has been known to be nasty to public defenders who do not cooperate with the prosecutor.” The letter, signed “Seattle Honest,” came with a fake email address and phone number.Michael Spearman, Mariane Spearman’s campaign manager and her husband of 17 years, is quick to distance the Spearman campaign from the letter. “I have absolutely no idea where it came from,” he says. “I’m positive there was nobody associated with our campaign that had anything to do with it.” In fact, Spearman says, he received a very similar email, but didn’t share it with anybody. “It’s a judicial race,” he says. “We try not to do any mudslinging in these types of campaigns.”Neither Michele Slotemaker nor Ann Danieli would venture a guess as to the letter’s origins either. “I’m sure that it’s not coming from the Spearman campaign,” Danieli says. “We’ve kept things civil.”For the record, both Danieli and Slotemaker deny everything the letter alleges.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@seattleweekly.com.

More in News & Comment

Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
New self-swab COVID-19 test is just as accurate, study finds

The study, under peer review, was led by an Everett Clinic doctor. It could speed up testing nationwide.

Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Nonprofits, activists are expecting greater need as workers are laid off.

Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing
Life Care in Kirkland facing more than $600K in fines for COVID-19 response

The facility has until Sept. 16 to pay or address areas of concern or it will be terminated.

Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo
Dental foundation serves Medicaid patients through COVID-19

The Arcora Foundation is also attempting to expand its urgent care database, allowing those with different insurances to use its services during the outbreak.

Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)
Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Unemployment claims continue to climb

For the week of March 22-28, claims have reached more than 181,000.

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

The governor said Wednesday that the state must become self-reliant in the fight against COVID-19.

Enumclaw Rehab center a hotbed for coronavirus

Ten clients and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Most Read